Alden Abbott

Alden Abbott is Senior Research Fellow in charge of antitrust and competition policy for the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University. Prior to joining Mercatus, he served as General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (2018-2011). He has published many articles and taught courses on antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

The Consumer Welfare Standard and Antitrust Enforcement: a Response

Alden Abbott, former general counsel of the FTC, argues that, contrary to claims made in a recent ProMarket article, American competition is vibrant and robust....

Antitrust Enforcement Is Not Enough to Address Anticompetitive Conduct in Pharmaceutical Markets. Market-Oriented Legal Reform is Needed.

Federal antitrust enforcement has been robust and effective in promoting prescription drug market competition and thereby enhancing consumer welfare. Antitrust enforcement in itself, however,...

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